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The Tarnished Angels (1957)

Story of a friendship between an eccentric journalist and a daredevil barnstorming pilot.

Director:

Douglas Sirk

Writers:

William Faulkner (novel), George Zuckerman (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rock Hudson ... Burke Devlin
Robert Stack ... Roger Shumann
Dorothy Malone ... LaVerne Shumann
Jack Carson ... Jiggs
Robert Middleton ... Matt Ord
Alan Reed ... Colonel Fineman
Alexander Lockwood Alexander Lockwood ... Sam Hagood
Christopher Olsen ... Jack Shumann (as Chris Olsen)
Robert J. Wilke ... Hank
Troy Donahue ... Frank Burnham
William Schallert ... Ted Baker
Betty Utey Betty Utey ... Dancing Girl
Phil Harvey ... Telegraph Editor
Steve Drexel Steve Drexel ... Young Man
Eugene Borden Eugene Borden ... Claude Mollet
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Storyline

In the 1930's, a First World War flying ace named Roger Schumann is reduced to making appearances on the crash-and-burn circuit of stunt aerobatics. His family are forced to live like dogs while Shumann pursues his only true love, the airplane. When Burke Devlin, a reporter, shows up on the scene to do a "whatever happened to" story on Shumann, he is repulsed by the war hero's diminished circumstances and, conversely, drawn to his stunning wife, LaVerne. Written by Alfred Jingle

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 December 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pylon See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,788
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

During the location shooting in San Diego of this film, Robert Stack's wife was about to have their first child. While filming the tense scene where Stack propositions his own wife (played by Dorothy Malone), suddenly a plane flew right by the cameras with letters tailing four feet tall proclaiming IT'S A GIRL! Rock Hudson had arranged to have the hospital call immediately when the news came and hired a stunt pilot to tow the message behind the plane. Stack was deeply moved by Hudson's generosity, saying in his autobiography, "It's a moment I've never forgotten. Anybody who tells me that Rock Hudson isn't a first-class gent had better put up his dukes." See more »

Goofs

When Laverne does her parachute jump, she is seen in close shots hanging by her arms from a trapeze-style bar. However in the longer shots, she is seen to be in a normal parachute harness as she lands. See more »

Quotes

Jiggs: Why, you dirty, no-good louse!
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Connections

Featured in Rock Hudson's Home Movies (1992) See more »

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Old Folks at Home
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Written by Stephen Foster
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I'll Take This Sirk-Stack-Malone-Hudson Story
22 August 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

Even though I haven't seen this movie in quite a while, it's ironic I would write this review shortly after viewing "Written On The Wind" for the first time recently. "Ironic" because of the main actors star in both films: Robert Stack, Rock Hudson and Dorothy Malone, and both films were directed by Douglas Sirk.

Personally, I thought this film was far more interesting than the more well-known WOTW. This was a better story.

Dorothy Malone, for one, looked a heckuva lot better in this movie. She had some classic beauty and shows it here more than the trampy role in the other film.

I also preferred this film because it had some fascinating and dramatic flying scenes, things I have never seen before on film. Apparently, they had these 1930s air races in which planes few around pylons, almost like a horse race on land. This is the only film I've seen that pictured.

Another thing I enjoyed was Hudson's dramatic story at the end of the movie which, at first, seemed ridiculously melodramatic but was said so well that I found in very compelling, and it tied the whole story together.

I also appreciated Malone doing the right thing at the end, telling off Hudson for coming on to her, since she was a married woman. This is one of the few films - including those in the 1950s - in which adultery is NOT treated mater-of-factly.


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